|« Previous||Back to 2017 winning images||Next »|
UPY 2017 Macro - Highly Commended
'Expectant Parents' - Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
"Expectant Parents" - A pair of two claw shrimp, including one with eggs, in the bottom of a purple vase sponge. Two claw shrimp are a rare find on Grand Cayman; these are the only ones I've seen in over 300 dives on the island! When diving, I have made a habit of looking into every purple vase sponge I come across. On this particular day, my husband and I went to a secret spot on Grand Cayman. We call it "Magicland" as we always find the most amazing creatures there. I had never seen these shrimp beforetwo claw shrimp as I would come to find out later. I placed one strobe along the side of the sponge to provide backlighting, and another pointing into the top of the sponge to provide fill light.
Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: Shrimps inside sponges are common subjects, but this one stands out as a photograph. The framing and the focus allows the pair of shrimps to balance each other in the picture and for both to tell the story of the parents to be.
You can use the Prev/Next buttons, left and right cursors or swipe to go to the previous or next image